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All Hands on Deck at Dawn for the…’Painting of the Day’ (Wednesday edition) June 29, 2011

Hello everybody! Sorry I haven’t been posting the past few days, but we have been en route to Texas. We finally made it to Toledo Bend and right now I’m sitting on the back porch with Toto enjoying the sounds of nature. Lovely. Anyway, here’s an oldie but a goodie. It’s called ‘Mexican Radio’ for reasons that are somewhat obscure have a lot to do with Wall of Voodoo. This is one of the few paintings that I’ve done that has a ‘satellite’ piece (the long horizontal run on the bottom is not connected to the gun and the blocks of color).  This piece was in the museum show in Texas. A catalog was put together for the show and the lady who wrote the text inside asked me where the phrase ‘I’m peeping through the knothole’ came from. I told her that it was from a song that Bugs Bunny sang on one of the great cartoons where he matched wits with Yosemite Sam. When the catalog came out several months later, she had written that I got the quote from the Richard Wright novel ‘Native Son’, which is a far more serious piece of ‘art’ than any Bugs Bunny cartoon. I suppose Bugs wasn’t highbrow enough for her. Well, that’s too bad. Or perhaps she just couldn’t reconcile the more sinister intent of the painting with a song sung by a cross-dressing, singing cartoon rabbit. Who knows…have a great one!

Mexican Radio

30″ x 84″


Don’t Look Ethel! It’s the ‘Painting of the Day’! (Friday edition) June 24, 2011

Howdy! I missed yesterday’s post. Sorry about that, I was thinking about pissing in the ocean…anyway, this is the very first Confidence Man painting. It’s a funeral. A viking funeral. In the upper left corner, the Confidence Man watches from the top of a ridge. At first, he wasn’t in the painting at all, then I went back and added him in. Thus, a saga was born, or at least a four and a half year waste of time. When you look at the piece, think ‘Kid A’ by Radiohead. That’s what I was listening to at the time. Cheers!


It Wasn’t the Bullet that Laid Him to Rest it was…’The Painting of the Day’ (Tuesday edition) June 21, 2011

Hello. You may remember the first painting in this series (‘Partly Cloudy 72’). Well, here’s part two. Just for the hell of it. If you don’t know, the title of the piece (and what’s playing on the radio of the car as the sun goes down) is a song by Traffic. Here it is in all it’s 11 and a half minute glory The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys(give it a minute once you press play because the song fades in quietly). Listen and repeat. Have a great day everybody!

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

42″ x 72″

latex enamel on wood


Hey You! You Dropped Your ‘Painting of the Day’! (Friday edition) June 17, 2011

Happy Friday! Today I have another Confidence Man painting for you. It’s from the ‘Navigator’ part of the story and it’s definitely one of the weirdest CM paintings ever. In the top/center of the piece is the CM’s father, and he’s glowing. Well, burning actually. There is a time compression thing going on as well with multiple Confidence man scenes happening at the same time (he’s got a gun to his head-he’s passed out-two men are holding him up with an ax at the ready). Meanwhile, the Navigator is chasing little blue glowing balls that are floating up from his suitcase (these might be dreams, or memories). All of this takes place on top of slithering worm-like creatures (‘the worm dieth not’), I mean it is hell, after all. Have a great weekend!


I Don’t Want a Holiday in the Sun, I Just Want My ‘Painting of the Day’ (Wednesday edition) June 15, 2011

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Hey people! I’ve got another ‘Fallow Ground’ painting for you today. It’s called ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ (that’s right, the Pink Floyd song), and I think it’s pretty danged funny. I can’t tell you exactly what the piece means, but the phrase ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ is on the left hand panel and  it’s scrambled. That means something damnit! Have a swell day!

Interstellar Overdrive

36″ x 72″

latex enamel on wood


Hey Look At Me! I’m Holding the ‘Painting of the Day’! (Tuesday edition) June 14, 2011

Good Morning folks! I have another painting from the ‘Fallow Ground’ series for you today. It’s a big one, and it’s about my grandfather who was an airplane mechanic during World War II. The pin-up in the middle panel is the precursor to the girl who would haunt the ‘Confidence Man’ series. Those planes on the right are an aerial view of the airplane graveyard. The house…well, the house is just on fire. Have a great one!

Lee Roy (A Gathering of Shades)

42″ x 108″


Something’s Calling You, I Think It Might Be…’The Painting of the Day’ (Monday edition) June 13, 2011

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Hope everybody had a great weekend! Well, I have something a little different for you today. It’s one of the pieces from the series before the Confidence Man: ‘Fallow Ground’. This one is called ‘Seeing the Elephant’, and it’s sort of about the Civil War and the South, but really it just uses those things as a stepping stone into something else. I mean ‘Moby Dick’ isn’t really about a guy obsessed with a whale is it? No. The title ‘Seeing the Elephant’ refers mostly to experiencing combat for the first time, or learning a very hard lesson. ‘We have seen the elephant, gentlemen…’. This painting will always be tied to Nick Cave’s album ‘Henry’s Dream’. I was listening to it incessantly at the time. The dark Gothic (like Poe, not Marilyn Manson) feel of the record seemed to line up perfectly with this piece. Have a good day everyone!

Seeing the Elephant

30″ x 92″

latex enamel on wood